By Trevor Busch
With revised impaired driving legislation in place in early 2019, drivers have been concerned about the approach taken by various law enforcement agencies in the application of new powers.
The requirement for police to have reasonable suspicion of alcohol consumption before applying the use of a roadside screening device has been eliminated.
Following an inquiry from the media at the March 20 meeting of the Taber Municipal Police Commission, Chief Graham Abela confirmed his officers are not taking a blanket approach to exercising this new power in traffic stops throughout the community.
“We are not requiring each driver that we stop to provide samples,” said Abela. “We do have the ability to do that, but we are not doing it on every stop.”
Rules surrounding the time periods before and after consuming alcohol in relation to criminal liability for operating a motor vehicle have also been altered by the federal legislative amendments.